It’s SLEEPtember Time

By Eugena Brooks

For a year spent mostly sheltering in place and social distancing in the effort to avoid contracting Covid-19, so much has changed and transpired. We have been kept busy learning how to negotiate a new normal and safely deal with the social fallout because of it.

A breathtaking ride to say the least, and the year is not yet over. I have no idea what else this year may hold, but I do know that we are right around the corner from SLEEPtember and, home of the American Sleep Apnea Association (ASAA), has a lot of great things planned for its annual awareness and fundraising campaign.

This year marks’s 6th Annual SLEEPtember campaign. The focus this campaign is on co-occurring conditions, raising awareness, and creating community.

SLEEPtember Speaker Series on Facebook and YouTube every Tuesday this September at 3pm EST

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September 1, 2020 –

“Sleep Apnea and High Blood Pressure” with Robert J. Thomas, MD

First in the SLEEPtember line will be Adam Amdur, ASAA Chairperson and sleep apnea patient, Ernestine Key, ASAA Board Member, hypertension patient and apnea caregiver, and Marc Ostrick, filmmaker and open heart patient. They will lead a discussion about apnea patients with high blood pressure featuring Dr. Thomas. He is Assoc. Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

September 8, 2020 –

“How Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) Impacts Sleep Apnea Patients” with Shelley Berson, MD, FACS

Justine Amdur, ASAA Program Coordinator and patient with reflux and upper airway resistance syndrome (UARS) will be discussing how GERD impacts apnea patients. Featuring Dr. Berson, an Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) specialist, and a board-certified sleep medicine and allergy specialist.

September 15, 2020 –

“Brain Function and Sleep Apnea” with Michael Grandner, PhD, MTR, CBSM, FAASM

Erin Taylor, ASAA Grant Writer and sleep apnea patient along with Peter Stein, Apnea Patient and ASAA Advisor, and his spouse Jeanne, lead the way on mental/cognitive issues that impact sleep apnea patients. This segment features Dr. Grandner, who is Assoc. Professor of Psychology Univ. of Arizona, Dir. of Behavioral Sleep Medicine Clinic.

September 22, 2020 –

“Why are Diabetes and Sleep Apnea Co-Occurring” with Lisa Graham RN, CDCES

For those interested in diabetes, Theresa Shumard ASAA Board Member and diabetes and sleep apnea patient takes the helm with Lisa Graham, RN and Certified Diabetes Care & Education Specialist. They will be sharing information on diabetes and how this condition can be related to sleep apnea.

September 29, 2020 –

“Community Health Disparities and the Latest COVID-19 Updates” with Azizi Seixas, PhD

Last but not least, Adam Amdur ASAA Chairperson and apnea patient, Kevin Bradley, RN, apnea patient and ASAA Community Engagement Leader, and myself, Eugena Brooks ASAA Advocate, Blogger, who has sleep apnea, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and atrial fibrillation (A-Fib), will tie it all together with a discussion on community health disparities and the latest updates on COVID-19 with Dr. Seixas, Assistant Professor of Population Health and Psychiatry NYU Langone Health.

This SLEEPtember will be outstanding! Featuring information you can apply towards making your new normal much more livable. So, kick back, watch and learn.

See you in SLEEPtember.

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